The Pearl West Restaurant Group was born out of humble beginnings in the deep-rooted culture of Guadalajara, Mexico. Jorge and Betty Cantu, brother and sister, are descended from a long line of restaurateurs going back to their grandparents in Jalisco, Mexico.

Through hard work and dedication to the art of Mexican cuisine, Jorge established a string of exceptional Mexican food restaurants in Oregon and Washington. Each restaurant in the Pearl West Restaurant Group was built with a commitment to providing an unprecedented hospitality level, top-quality food and drink, and a family-like atmosphere that inspires celebration, conversation, and happiness.

A commitment to enriching the lives of their guests.

Jorge and Betty have a mission to enrich the lives of their guests and their employees. Their success in the industry results from their commitment to superior quality food and beverages, legendary customer service, and a dedication to ensuring every guest has a memorable experience.

Our story

Jorge Castro graduated early from high school, after which he enrolled in the Western Culinary Institute in Portland, Oregon. Following his graduation from an 18-month course in restaurant management, he took on running his uncle’s restaurant in Renton, Washington. At only 19 years of age, he was running a restaurant and looking for the opportunity to open his own.

Due to his young age and limited experience, Jorge was turned away from several properties, with landlords being unwilling to lease to such a young person. Jorge’s father discovered a restaurant owner who needed to be freed from a lease. He had been unable to make his payments for eight months, so Jorge took over the location, opening his first restaurant opening when he was just 22 years old: the Guadalajara Grill & Cantina.

It opened in 2008, and initially faced many challenges but with dedication and persistence, it became one of the top three restaurants in the Longview area. Jorge continued expanding his mini-empire of restaurants, taking over and remodeling several locations. His latest venture is his restaurant in Hazel Dell, built from the ground up, with Jorge’s vision for the ideal venue becoming a reality.

Family matters at Pearl West Restaurant Group

Jorge’s interest in the restaurant industry began when he was eight years old, working with his parents in their restaurant in Longview. To this day, his parents can be found pitching in to help in busy times. Jorge’s sister, Betty Cantu, has been a major support throughout his rapid rise in the restaurant industry, and is co-owner in his new venue in Hazel Dell. Betty manages the operations so that Jorge can focus on continuing his vision for the expansion of his brand of superb Mexican restaurants.

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